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Library and Controlled Parking Zone 2 December 2015

Posted by margotwilson in Uncategorized.
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Philip Peake writes
We’ve been hearing a lot of concern about two particular issues at the moment: the Council’s proposed parking restrictions and cuts to the library
service.
The Council has suggested that the library become a ‘community library’ along the lines of Sydenham or Crofton Park. This means it is essentially staffed and run by volunteers.
Research by the Forest Hill Society shows that borrowing has dramatically fallen in those libraries while the fall at Forest Hill has been barely perceptible. There has been an increase in use for other purposes at Sydenham library but there is a very real concern that scope for volunteering at libraries has been reached its limit.
We feel that the quality of service at Forest Hill is genuinely under threat.  Please do let us know what you think about the scheme.
The Council is proposing a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in Forest Hill.  Full details can be found by following this link https://lewisham-consult.objective.co.uk/portal.
The proposed zone would cover most of Forest Hill ward up to (but not including) Sydenham Hill, Canonbie Road in the north and the hilltop ridge within Tewkesbury Lodge estate. The final boundaries if a zone is introduced may be different.
A residents’ permit currently costs £120 per year (£30 for a low-emission vehicle). Lots of people oppose the scheme for this reason or because it would make life difficult for family, carers and others to visit.
On the other hand, there are busier areas of the ward where we’ve had complaints about the problems caused by parking and requests for such a scheme for example around the pools and library. Do you have a view? If yes, let us know!
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